CBD FOR ANXIETY
According to W.H.O, (The World Health Organisation) 1 in 13 people around the world suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental health disorder worldwide.
Everyone has feelings or phases of anxiety at some stage, worries about job security or relationship stress for example, are a normal part of life. But some people’s lives are more greatly impacted by anxiety and are less in control of their emotional response.
Anxiety impacts men and women of all ages, and can present in a number of forms, not limited to:
- General anxiety disorder – A wide ranging condition of general anxiety
- Social anxiety – Often extreme fear of and within social situations
- Panic disorder – Suffering with panic attacks
- Phobias – Extreme fear triggered by particular events or situations
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – Anxiety following a traumatic experience
Symptoms of anxiety differ from person to person; it is an entirely unique experience. Physical symptoms may include sleep or appetite disruption, whereas emotional symptoms may include constant worry or a feeling of a lack of control over their life.
Traditional Treatment for Anxiety
For those living with the symptoms associated with anxiety, it seems that there are limited methods of similar treatments available; powerful, prescribed anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax or Valium, or if the symptoms are severe, perhaps anti-depressants are the best option.
All of these treatments have proven to help and relieve the symptoms of anxiety, it is the side-effects of them, such as drowsiness and fatigue, or nausea, memory problems, and addiction which drive many people to seek alternative or complementary therapies.
Why Would CBD Impact Anxiety?
It is important to note, that CBD (cannabidiol), although found in cannabis and hemp plants, is not THC. CBD does not cause feelings of high or intoxication as felt with THC and should not be considered a product to that end. What CBD is thought to do, is interact with certain receptors in the brain that help to produce Serotonin.
It is widely accepted that serotonin plays an important role in wellbeing and mental health, and is the function of many prescribed anti-anxiety drugs – This is what is leading people to CBD as a good suitable alternative option, to help with anxiety symptoms.
How Can CBD Improve Anxiety Symptoms?
The Endocannabinoid system impacts several major processes in the human body, such as sleep, mood and memory. CBD is believed to interact with these processes, stimulating your body to produce vital Endocannabinoids, that promote homeostasis. More information on the endocannabinoid system can be found here.
How to get started with CBD for Anxiety
The dosage of CBD depends on the person, and on the method chosen. Our CBD products include.
- Oils – to be administered under the tongue
- Creams – to be administered topically
- Softgels – to be administered orally
All our products outline recommended minimum and maximum daily dosages, after a few days of adjustment, customers usually find the right balance for them.
Clinical Research Around CBD and Anxiety
An ever-growing body of clinical research indicates CBD may help relieve anxiety, with mounting evidence pointing towards all its therapeutic benefits.
In a double-blind study from 2019, 37 Japanese teenagers with social anxiety disorders received 300 milligrams or 3%CBD Oil, or a placebo daily for four weeks. The results showed the anti-anxiety properties of CBD, reduced the symptoms aligned with the disorder.
A 2019 retrospective case study, reviewed outpatients at mental health clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado USA. 47 patients expressing concerns about anxiety, were given 25 milligram daily doses of CBD over the course of three months. At the end of the first month, 79.2% of the patients experienced an improvement in anxiety, and after two months, 78.1% of patients reported a further improvement compared to the previous month.
Despite these successful isolated tests, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support the claim that CBD is an effective treatment for depression or anxiety. We believe however, that it will not be long before a breakthrough is made, as there are many positive CBD user experiences with anxiety and depression and current clinical trials that are evaluating the potential benefits of CBD for combatting anxiety and depression.